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Mission and History

The Frye Festival is the largest literary event in Atlantic Canada and a bilingual celebration of books, ideas and the imagination. 


To celebrate reading and writing by connecting authors with our
bilingual community.


To make literature from Canada and abroad accessible and help
promote a vibrant culture of reading and writing. 


Accessibility • Discovery • Diversity • Fun


Founded in 1999, the Frye Festival was created to commemorate 
Northrop Frye, a world renown literary critic who grew up in Moncton.


The first edition of the festival took place in 2000. More than 800 authors from New Brunswick, Canada and abroad have participated in the festival since its inception, including Margaret Atwood, Patrick Chamoiseau, Diana Gabaldon, Nancy Huston, Alexandre Jardin, Dany Laferrière, Alistair MacLeod, Antonine Maillet and Yann Martel.


The festival has received many awards :

  • Excellence Award—Promotion of Linguistic Duality, 

  • Commissioner for Official Languages of Canada (2014)

  • Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Award for Community Literacy Programs (2014)

  • Recognition Award from the Association of Professional Librarians of NB (2012)

  • Community Service Excellence Award from the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce (2012)

  • Event of the Year Award at the Soirée des Éloizes (2008, with another nomination in 2012)

  • TD Arts Organization of the Year by the NB Foundation for the Arts (2009)

  • Lieutenant-Governor’s Dialogue Award (2005)

  • Prix Acadie-Québec (2018)

  • Finalist of the Non-profit Organization of the Year Category​ at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton Buisness Excellence Awards (2018)


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Frye Festival

P.O. Box 26023

Moncton, NB


T : 506.859.4389